The Virtuosi GUS Band announces the appointment of Thomas Fountain as its new Principal Cornet, taking over from brother, James.
Thomas, also Principal Cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, and a Geneva Instruments Artist, takes up the seat with immediate effect, and of course, nobody could be more thrilled than James, whose increasingly busy professional diary has meant that he has been able to appear with the band less and less this year. James commented, ‘Nothing has given me greater pleasure than to hand over the seat to Tom. He is my best friend, a great player and will of course serve the Band with distinction. I’ve loved every minute with GUS and will look forward to playing with them whenever they need me and I am available.’
Band Chairman, Nigel Love, commented, ‘We thank James for all of his time with the Band and look forward to having a long standing relationship with him in the future. I know he thinks of GUS as his Band and we certainly think of him as one of us! He has been, and will continue to be a great ambassador for not only GUS, but all brass bands in the wider musical world.’
On his appointment Thomas said, ‘It is with great pleasure that I accept the principal cornet seat of such a prestigious band. It is such an honour to sit in the seat of so many fine past principals and I will be doing everything I can to continue moving the Band forward with our Musical Director, Adam Cooke. I really would like to thank everyone in the Band for their continued support and encouragement since I joined 5 years ago on flugel and I am really looking forward to this new challenge.’
Adam Cooke, Musical Director added, ‘I'm delighted that Thomas has accepted the offer to become the band's principal cornet. The band has a proud tradition of encouraging and supporting talented young players to flourish at the highest level. Thomas has already proven himself to be a top class musician and soloist during his time on both cornet and flugel with GUS, and despite his relatively young age he brings a wealth of experience to the top chair making him the ideal person to lead the band.
Nigel also added, ‘the Band would also like to say thank you to James Screaton, our Assistant Principal who has filled the hot seat at a number of events this year with distinction. I know Thomas and James will now go on to forge a great partnership together’